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ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

Supplementary Estimates

The Minister for Rural Affairs and Local Environmental Quality (Alun Michael): Subject to Parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs DEL will be increased by £40,704,000 from £3,137,743,000 to £3,178,447,000 and the administration costs limits will be increased by £18,078,000 from £339,494,000 to £357,572,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:
£'000

New DEL
ChangeVotedNon-votedTotal
Resource66,1602,387,335681,7903,069,125
Capital-25,456 204,192103,980 308,172
Depreciation* 0 -101,733-97,117 -198,850
Total 40,7042,489,794688,6533,178,447

*Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from the total DEL since capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.

The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from (i) a take up of end-year flexibility of £119,098,000 programme resources and £15,396,000 administration resources as set out in the public expenditure 2003–04 provisional outturn paper (Cm 6293); (ii) take up of £6,189,000 administration resources from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for accommodation costs relating to Ashdown House; (iii) re-classification of £25,456,000 of Environment Agency's non-voted capital as non-voted resource, to reflect the correct accounting treatment of these funds; (iv) take up of £4,400,000 of programme resources from the efficiency challenge fund as set out in the spending review for 2004; (v) take up of £258,000 of programme resources from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for the Cleaner, Safer, Greener Communities programme; (vi) a transfer of £3,999,000 administration resources to ODPM for Government Offices running costs; (vii) take up of £350,000 programme resources from DTI for the Cereal
 
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Industry Forum; (viii) take up £193,000 administration resources and £520,000 programme resources from ODPM, Home Office, Department for Transport, and the Scottish Executive, for the Government Decontamination and Recovery Scheme; (ix) take up of £49,000 administration resources from the Department for Transport for the Coast Protection Act; (x) take up of £125,000 administration resources each from Department for Transport and ODPM for Ashdown House telephony charges; (xi) transfer of £3,000,000 programme resources to the National Forestry Commission to fund increased applications and proportion of contracts being implemented under the Woodland Grants scheme; (xii) transfer of £400,000 programme resources to the National Forestry Commission to enable access to its estates under the Countryside Rights of Way Act; (xiii) transfer of £3,600,000 programme resources to the Department for Constitutional Affairs for implementation of the Obstructions to Rights of Way section of the Countryside Rights of Way Act; (xiv) surrender £95,000,000 of non-voted DEL for annual payments for the Environment Agency pension scheme, as under resource accounting a provision has been opened for the full liability of the scheme.

The change in the capital element of the DEL arises from: (i) reclassification of £25,456,000 of Environment Agency's non-voted capital as non-voted resource, to reflect the correct accounting treatment of these funds.

The increases are offsetting inter-departmental transfers and take-up of end-year flexibility, and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.

Supplementary Estimates

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Mr. Ben Bradshaw): Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary supplementary estimate, the Forestry Commission's DEL will be increased by £8,743,000 from £78,391,000 to £87,134,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:
£'000

New DEL
ChangeVotedNon-votedTotal
Resource8,88185,0213,23188,252
Capital114904-700204
Depreciation*-252-1,322--1,322
Total8,74384,6032,53187,134




*Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from the total DEL since capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.




The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from the take up of £5,481,000 end of year flexibility to meet woodland grant scheme and VAT commitments and also a transfer of £3,400,000 from Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Of this £3,000,000 will fund woodland grants and the remaining £400,000 is to fund the dedication of the freehold element of the public estate for public access.

The change in the capital element of the DEL arises from the take up of £114,000 end of year flexibility that will be used for the purchase of office machinery and equipment.
 
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FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Supplementary Estimates

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Mr. Bill Rammell) ): Subject to parliamentary approval of any necessary supplementary estimate, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office departmental expenditure limit (DEL) will be increased by £266,923,000 from £1,616,521,000 to £1,883,444,000 and the administration costs limit will be increased by £4,665,000 from £788,341,000 to £793,006,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:
£'000

New DEL
ChangeVotedNon-votedTotal
Resource238,7711,564,261219,6751,783,936
Capital28,15290,7088,80099,508
Depreciation*0-106,218-26,800-133,018
Total266,9231,552,751197,6751,750,426




* Depreciation, which forms part of resource DEL, is excluded from the total DEL since capital DEL includes capital spending and to include depreciation of those assets would lead to double counting.



The change in the resource element of the DEL arises from

RfR1

RfR2


 
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The change in the capital element of the DEL arises from:


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